Light In The Darkness: May 1, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” — Colossians 1:13-14

The word “redeem” simply means to recover something, usually by paying a price. To redeem something costs something.

It also carries the idea of ownership and implies the restoration of something that has been forfeited, pawned, stolen or lost. That which is redeemed is restored to its rightful owner.

Jesus said in Luke 19: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

We know that He came to redeem mankind but the little word that implies Jesus is not speaking only of men but of something else as well and it is not difficult to identify just what that is.

We have only to refer back to Genesis to know what was lost. When we do, we find that two things were lost when Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.  They resulted in the death of man both spiritually and physically.

Those two things were fellowship with the Creator and the moral power to live holy lives. The loss of moral power for righteous living made communion with the Father impossible.

These are the things Christ died to redeem. The actual outworking of that redemption would be accomplished by the indwelling Holy Spirit sent at Pentecost.  He restores consistent obedience as we walk in the Spirit, thus insuring unbroken communion with the Father.

The two are inseparable. Obedience is possible only in the Spirit and communion with God results.

One of the things it seems we have forgotten in this modern age is that man’s sin did not in any way change the requirements of the moral law.

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Fulton school board considers combined hockey team

by Nicole Reitz

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Athletic Director Chris Ells came before the Fulton Board of Education last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of merging other districts with the varsity hockey team.

Lynch said that the district is currently in conversation with Phoenix, Red Creek and most recently, Central Square. Central Square currently has a combined program with East Syracuse-Minoa.

Other school districts would be responsible for transporting their students. Licensed drivers could drive themselves to practice as long as parents are comfortable with that.

“We’re not responsible for how the students get to practice,” said Lynch.

Students in other districts must also follow Fulton’s code of conduct standards. Ells said that he would be in constant contact with those schools athletic directors, making sure the students are passing classes and meeting required attendance.

In order for the Fulton varsity hockey team to go further with a combined team, first there would need to a policy change. The old policy limits the opportunity to combine teams only in the event of dissolving the team because of lack of participation.

“We are precariously close with our participation numbers,” said Lynch.

Fulton’s varsity hockey team currently has 17 to 18 players, including ninth graders. This past year, there were no significant injuries or eligibly issues, but if there were, participation would be too low to continue on with the season.

Potential numbers of the combined team were shared. The Fulton team is looking at up to 32 students with 23 suiting up for a game. The rotation of the players would be up to coach Todd Terpening.

Ells said that Terpening is ready for the venture and recently provided him with a plan about how a two-hour practice would look like with 25 to 30 students on the team.

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Bodley’s Got Talent raises $1,462

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Can you believe it is May already? Time is flying by! Not to mention May and June are busy months. Prom, AP tests, senior day, senior dinner dance, and last but not least graduation are all soon!

Prom is in just three days!  Prom, called “Under the Stars,” will start at 7 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. To anyone that is going, have fun and be safe. It will be a night to remember!

What a better way to start off prom day by taking the SATs this Saturday. Good luck to anyone taking them!

Seniors! There are tons of scholarships available in the guidance office and due dates are soon! Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for free money for college! Every little bit helps.

Seniors, also mark your calendars for Senior Dinner Dance June 14. This event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at Wysocki’s Manor in Cicero.

“Bodley’s Got Talent” raised $1,462 to go to three charities. The profit will be split between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope for Ariang and Habitat for Humanity Oswego County Chapter.

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Port City Roller Derby gears up for third season

Port City Roller Derby will offer five home bouts in Crisafulli Rink entering the league’s third season playing this fast-growing sport.

Competing its first two years as Oz Roller Girls, PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells will kick off its season May 25 hosting the Roc City Roller Derby B-Sides.

The veteran Rochester team won the only meeting between the leagues last season in a 205-188 thriller.

June 15, Port City will host the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby A Team. Oz topped Albany’s A squad twice last year in two exciting bouts, 204-162 in Albany, and 219-173 at home.

The annual intraleague bout will take place July 20. Two teams of Port City Roller Derby skaters will vie for pride.

Port City will welcome the Black Diamond Derby Dames Aug. 17. It is the first meeting between the local league and Black Diamond, based in Northern Pennsylvania.

PCRD will close the season with a doubleheader Sept. 14.

The Breakwall Bombshells will take on the Capital City Derby Dolls Dolly Rogers from Ottawa, a nationally ranked Canadian squad.

PCRD’s B squad of newer skaters will host the rookie Finger Lakes Lunachicks league.

Most home events also will feature bonus bouts with the Port City Roller Derby Juniors, a league for younger skaters ages 10 to 17.

More information on these matchups will be provided when opponents are confirmed. Doors open for bouts at 5 p.m. with action starting around 6 p.m.

The Breakwall Bombshells will take their show on the road for at least five away bouts: May 4 at Albany; June 1 at Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers in Olean; July 13 at the Kingston Derby Girls’ Disloyalists; Aug. 10 at the Dolly Rogers in Ottawa; and Oct. 5 at the Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ Bluestockings.

A portion of proceeds from each bout will support a local charity. Last year, the league donated more than $1,000 in money and supplies to several Oswego County not-for-profits.

Season tickets are now available from the Season Tickets tab on the league’s web site at www.portcityrollerderby.org.

Fulton varsity baseball team seeks first win of the season

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With just seven games remaining, the Fulton varsity baseball team is still seeking its first win of the season.

Fulton was unable to secure its first win of the season in recent games against Jamesville-DeWitt (twice), Mexico and Central Square.

Jamesville-DeWitt got off to a solid start while cruising to a convincing win April 22.

Fulton had similar luck against Mexico April 23. Mexico scored eight runs in the game’s first two innings en route to the win.

In the Red Raiders’ rematch with Jamesville-DeWitt April 25, the date may have been different but the outcome was still the same.

Fulton proved to be competitive against Central Square April 27. The Red Raiders struggled to find the offense that was needed as Central Square came away with the win.

Jamesville-DeWitt did all of its scoring against Fulton during the games first three innings. As it turned out, that would be all of the scoring that was needed. After two innings, Jamesville-Dewitt built a 7-0 advantage. Jamesville-DeWitt scored four more runs during the bottom of the third inning, which capped off an 11-0 win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders were led by Chris Jones, who had a hit against Jamesville-Dewitt.

Michael Bolster started the game on the mound for Fulton. Bolster struck out one while allowing seven runs on seven hits in two innings.

Jake Crucitti relieved Bolster. Crucitti finished with four strikeouts while allowing four runs on eight hits in four innings of action.

Mexico got off to an impressive start when the Tigers took on the Red Raiders.

By the end of the third inning, Mexico jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Fulton.

Fulton scored three run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 9-3. Mexico another run during the top of the sixth inning to come away with a 10-3 win.

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Lanigan school crowns Battle of the Books champions

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School competed recently for the crowning achievement of being named a Battle of the Books champion and the opportunity to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in a county-wide books battle May 1.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at Lanigan Elementary School through Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

Students from the elementary school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 15 books from a predetermined list.

Somers said, “Our students took on the Battle of the Books challenge on top of their other school work and extracurricular activities.”

Earning top honors in the grade level five/six competition was the team Servants of the Forsaken Orb or SFO consisting of sixth grade students Destiny Schneider, Ryan Barry, and Raiden Hansen.

In second place was team The Book Bros with members Seth Grimshaw, Mark Tallents, and Hayden Sachel.

In third place was The Nerdy Chicks with members Madison Kreinheder, Vita Dean, and Kelly Swatkowski.

The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Capturing first place in a field of team teams in the level three/four competition was the Reading Ninjas team consisting of third grade students Nicolas Schremp, Michael Brown, and Eli Reynolds.

Earning second place honors was the Tales of the 4th Grade Readers team consisting of students Ian Summerville, Cuinn Burlingham, and Emily Stacey.

Capturing third place in the level was the The Ready Readers team with team members Jacob Greene, Mary Jane Mullaney, and Samantha Cooper.

First place teams at both levels will travel to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District on today, May 1 to compete against top teams from across the county and the opportunity to be crowned an Oswego County Battle of the Books champion.

Rice Creek Field Station to open in fall

The new home of SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will open for fall-semester classes in late August, and trails will remain open to the public as construction wraps up.

Rice Creek’s faculty and staff, along with its collections totaling 4,500 specimens, will move into the new 7,200-square-foot field station beginning July 8, in preparation for classes starting Aug. 26.

For more than 45 years, Rice Creek Field Station has enabled college and community scientists to carry out field-oriented research and academic instruction, as well as offering hiking and popular programs to educate the general public about natural sciences and the environment.

Lucina Hernandez Laundre, director of Rice Creek and associate professor of biological sciences, said anticipation is building for an October opening ceremony for the new structure, with its wet and dry labs, exhibit and collection spaces and other features — all under a signature sloping roof.

“We will use the summer to unpack and organize our collections, equipment, office supplies and so on,” Hernandez said. “Nevertheless, the grounds will be open, though we won’t offer special events during this time.”

The project ultimately will include a nearby observatory, pavilion, maintenance building and redone entry road.

The main building expands by 3,000 square feet the space SUNY Oswego students and teachers, as well as college and community researchers, will have to work with.

The space includes a large classroom and adjacent 24-seat dry lab, with a movable wall between; a 24-seat wet lab for projects requiring chemical use; a research room and an office for visiting professors; an entrance foyer with a nearly 30-foot ceiling and a bluestone feature wall; built-in display cases; and a mudroom and shower for cleanup after research forays to Rice Creek’s 400 acres.

Allen Bradberry of Facilities Design and Construction, liaison with general contractor Taylor Builders of Rochester on the $5.5 million construction project, said work on the environmentally efficient main structure is on track, the observatory foundation is in place and the pavilion and maintenance building are done.

Roof-mounted solar panels will generate 34 kilowatts of power, offsetting a portion of energy used inside the building. That use will be measured and benchmarked, and students will study the building’s efficiencies as the field station moves into service, he said.

A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system will use variable-volume refrigerant to balance the temperature in rooms whose comfort otherwise would vary.

“You can have heating and cooling going on at the same time,” Bradberry continued.

Modern foam insulation and exterior wood paneling will help shield the building from Oswego’s harsh winters, he added. Light-filtering shades will assist the large, energy-efficient windows that will help open up the field station to its natural surroundings.

Rice Creek is home to four trails spanning 7.5 miles of meadows, forest and wetlands and to species of flora and fauna in these numbers: plants (more than 500 species), birds (90), mammals (39), fish (11), amphibians (18) and reptiles (18).

Oswego County Fair seeks local authors

One of the goals of the Oswego County Fair Association is to promote what is great about the county. Recently, several local authors have been published. The Fair Association would like to offer a place where these authors can display their work and meet the general public.

In keeping with this plan, there is a specific space set aside for local authors to come to the fair. Authors are invited to bring their work and may also autograph copies.

There will be four tables set up in the Horticulture end of the Domestic Arts Building on July 3, 4 and 5. Published authors that would be interested in coming to the fair should call the fair secretary Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.

The 2013 Oswego County Fair will be held July 3 to July 7 at the Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. Some of the activities include a Hell Drivers show, two demo derbies, a local street legal, truck pull, Magical John and much more.

There is free parking and admission for the event.

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